Denver Water summer watering rules extended through September

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From the Denver Post (Mike McPhee): “…instead of ending at the end of August, the rules will now be in effect until Oct. 1. They’re all part of Denver Water’s efforts to reduce total usage 22 percent by 2016. The rules state that lawns may not be watered between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. And although there are no assigned watering days this year, no lawn may be watered more than three times a week. The snowpack should fill Denver Water’s reservoirs this spring, but Denver Water still urges conservation of water.”

Here’s the release from Denver Water:

April 8, 2009: Denver Water’s annual summer watering rules take effect May 1, and this year the utility has extended the rules beyond August, through September. At its meeting today, the Board of Water Commissioners decided to extend the utility’s watering rules until Oct. 1. “September is part of irrigation season and outdoor watering is half of all residential use,” said Greg Fisher, manager of demand planning. “Because of Colorado’s semi-arid climate, we need to use water efficiently throughout the entire season.”

Similar to last year, Denver Water will enforce its rules with roving water monitors. The watering rules are:

– No lawn watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
– Do not water more than three days per week (there are no assigned days for watering).
– Do not waste water by allowing it to pool in gutters, streets and alleys.
– Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete and asphalt.
– Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.
– Do not use spray irrigation while it is raining or during high winds.

Recent snowpack readings show that it is likely that all of Denver Water’s reservoirs will fill this year.

“We want customers to water efficiently regardless of snowpack,” said Fisher. “They have been doing a great job of that, and we need to maintain and improve upon that track record.”

Denver Water customers have been making good progress toward reaching the utility’s goal to reduce overall water use to 22 percent below 2001 water use levels by the year 2016. Last year’s savings was 18 percent. The utility’s goal is to make these savings and changes in water use habits a permanent way of life.

By using only the water they need, Denver Water customers can maximize supply during the hottest months of summer. A long-term commitment to efficient water use will also help postpone or avoid spending more money on other supply options and support the preservation of Colorado’s natural environment.

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